Rob Kayaking on the Mystic River

Herring Run and Paddle on the Mystic River

The herring are coming!  Black-crowned night herons will be standing sentinel along the shore.

The Mystic River Watershed Association is hosting a fun day on the Mystic River with educational booths, road races and paddling races. 

Somerville youth will present a Wild Tales program: When Fish Run: The Tale of a Small Fry.

Stop by the Ocean River Institute blue tent or wave to us as we paddle nine miles up and down the mighty Mystic. 


Run, Walk, or Paddle for the Fish!

at the 16th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle



When: Sunday, May 20, 2012

8:00AM day-of registration begins
9:00AM 5K run/walk starts
11:00AM 12 mile paddling race starts
11:15AM 9 mile paddling race starts & Bicycle tour departs
11:30AM 3 mile paddling race starts

Where: DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA 02145


The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle celebrates the return of the blueback herring and alewives that make their way up the Mystic River in order to reach their native spawning grounds.Millions of herring used to swim up the Mystic, but their numbers have greatly reduced by offshore fishing, pollution and the building of dams on the river. Despite hurdles they face, the fish keep returning year after year.For the past 14 years, local residents have been running along the banks and paddling up the river to show their support of the river and the tenacious herring and alewives that call it home.

The 5K course continues along the Mystic River bike path and through DCR Torbert MacDonald Park. There are no street crossings on this flat course. View the 5K Course Map here.

The paddling races head upstream past Alewife Brook to the Mystic Lakes. All experience levels are welcomed!

To learn more about the Mystic River Watershed Association visit their webpage.


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